Testimonials

  • Trevor Ketles Stumbles

    Nationality: 
    Australian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    June 2012 for 4 months
    Training: 
    Shaolin Gong Fu

    Many people came with the same expectations. Every one leaves with different experiences, most are good. A good place to experience Chinese culture in many aspects. You will be sore after a day, even more sore after a week, but after a month you will realise your pain has paid off with the new skills you have learned how much stronger you are. There is every thing you need here to become good at kung fu but it doesn't happen over night, or without practice.

  • Justine Nguyen

    Nationality: 
    Candian
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    August 2012
    Training: 
    Shaolin Gong Fu

    I had been dead set on going to China as soon as my uncle, Duc, had returned from his two month stay at the academy. I was itching for some excitement, and this experience certainly did not disappoint me. The academy sits amongst the beautiful countryside, which is used frequently for training. Our training consisted of runs to the nearest village, carrying buckets of water up the steep steps to the castle, doing sit-ups dangling from a tree, and so much more. When I first arrived, I was positive I would not survive the daily seven hours of training. At first, I was unable to complete any of the exercises, but after only two weeks I was running farther and faster, becoming more flexible, and was able to endure more than I had thought I was capable of. The shifus, staff, and other students have all been very kind and hospitable, making sure you are happy at all times. I am especially grateful to my shifu who pushed me past my limits and taught me so much in such a short period of time. I absolutely hope to be back here soon.

  • Floris Holtkamp

    Nationality: 
    The Netherlands
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    :July 2012 for 1 Month
    Training: 
    Shaolin Gong Fu

    I chose to come to the academy because I wanted an introduction to Kung Fu. I only had a month of time and I knew this would not be enough to fully experience the Shao Lin martial arts. But this last month has been a great eye-opener to me. It showed me how devoted the people here are at what they do and that Shao Lin is not just a martial art, it is a way of life. From the moment you get up till the moment you go to sleep you are a martial artist. Don't be surprised if it even gets to you in your sleep sometimes. You train 7 hours a day and this showed me how much your body can actually handle. Being in this place makes your mindset also change to a very professional one. You want to improve at what you are doing and you become eager to learn more. Although sometimes your Shifu (master) explains that it is also important to repeat, that is the only way to really make you memorize the moves so that in the end they can become your reflexes. One month is hardly enough time to actually do so, though. But this time made me aware of how much time it takes to really become a martial artists. Some of the students stay here for a couple of years and some are here, like me, just for one month. If you really want to master Kung Fu I would suggest to stay here for a couple of years. If you just want an introduction, and become very fit, very quickly, only one or two months here will do the trick.

  • Sara Mirjam Bartfai

    Nationality: 
    Sweden
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    June 2012 for 1 month
    Training: 
    Tai ji Qi gong and Mandarin language

    I have stayed at the academy for a month, and I wish that I had the possibility to stay for longer. It is such a relaxing place, and I am so glad that I decided to come. On arrival I was first amazed by the beauty of the surrounding landscapes around us. It is so calming to see nothing but countryside and mountains around you standing on the courtyard in front of the academy-building. To wake up every morning for qi gong with ths view ahead of me as been a joy. My intentions on coming here were not, like for many other visitors, to llearn shaolin martial arts, but rather to study mandarin and focus on the soft schools of tai ji and qi gong. I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to adapt the schedule for my needs and wishes. My personal schedule has included qi gong every morning, private mandarin class after breakfast, and tai ji in the afternoon and in the evening. It has suited me perfectly. As a whole, my experience here has been wonderful, much thanks to the friendly atmosphere and people working here. Fantastic food, interesting fellow students and cute shaolin-master kids running around the academy has made it even better.

  • Dylan Rose

    Training Period at the Academy: 
    June 18, 2012 for 1 Month
    Training: 
    Shaolin gongfu

    When I planned my trip to Northern China Shaolin Martial Arts Academy, my aims were to get as fit as humanly possible and to increase my knowledge of the Chinese language. Upon my arrival at the academy I began to realize just how special a place it was. I had previously studied Thai kickboxing in England and had never even begun to appreciate the effect that studying traditional Chinese martial arts in a place like this would have on me. After watching The Karate Kid at the age of ten I realized that one day I wanted to travel to a place like this and immerse myself in the culture of authentic Oriental martial arts. Jumping in the deep end is the only way to learn to swim (or drown, but that obviously isn't what I'm getting at here..). Immediately I fell in love with the lifestyle of the Academy and thoroughly enjoyed studying shaolin kung fu under experienced Masters who dedicate 100% of their effort into teaching to the highest quality. After a couple of weeks I began to see that my primary aims were incredibly superficial compared to what I was experiencing. 7 hours a-day training as well as a Chinese lesson each afternoon saw this easily taken care of. In addition, training with Shifus who speak little English as well as weekend trips to nearby Si Ping City made me speak Chinese outside of the classroom in a real-life Chinese environment.

    Training, - whether it consisted of long distance running, running up the 360 steps from the beautiful lake next to the academy to Ye He Castle with a bucket of water in each hand, sparring or practising kung fu forms it never failed to be a greatly enjoyable and educational experience. At the academy you are forced to find your physical limits and smash through them. I was only able to come to the academy for one month this summer and immediately regretted this, I wish I could stay longer and as I write this in my room staring outside at the stunning countryside scenery that surrounds the academy, I am already planning my return next year, for a longer stay this time. The lifestyle, the experience and the group of friends I have made here have made my stay the invaluable experience that it has been. It is an honour to say that I have studied here and if you love martial arts and are willing to learn and expand your horizons physically and mentally, this is the place to be. I am grateful for the experience and will definitely be returning to keep learning.

  • Phillip Brandon Sanford

    Training Period at the Academy: 
    6 Months
    Training: 
    Shaolin gongfu

    I will never forget the first time I heard about Shaolin Kung Fu. I was very young, and I saw a documentary about Shaolin monks and their art. I was instantly drawn to the elegance of their movements and their discipline. Now, nine years later, I can say that martial arts is my passion. It is a subject of study that you can continually burn yourself up on. It is an art, a means of war, and a lifestyle. It is a constant refining of the self. I decided I would follow my passion wherever it took me, and now I am on the other side of the world. Being able to come to China to study this ancient art is a prilivege the likes of which I cannot wholly express. I was never able to train in Chinese martial arts back home, and being here I am very impressed with the training and the quality of the Masters here. The academy and the surrounding area is truly beautiful; The circumstances here are right for learning Kung Fu.

  • Rayn Astaphan

    Nationality: 
    American
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    May 14, 2012

    For the last two months, I've lived at Northern China Shaolin Martial Arts Academy. There are numbers reason why my experience has been wonderful. From day 1 the instructors, staff, and students welcome you with open arms. My shifu and fellow students have become my friends and served as a family. No where else will you get to learn authentic Kungfu with such personal training as such a great price! At times it feels like I am receiving my own personal instructor. The academy is situated a top a hill with a picturesque view. This area is a great place to live. On top of learning martial arts, I also get to learn chinese at no additional cost. If you've ever considered visiting China to practice martial arts, then look no further come and experience the glory at the Northern China Shao Lin Martial Arts Academy

  • Helen Fischer

    Training Period at the Academy: 
    5 Months
    Training: 
    Shaolin Wushu

    Before coming to the Siping City Shaolin Martial Arts Academy I never realized how much I actually loved Monday's. It's the day of the week when you're not sore, bruised, tired or exhausted. By Friday, which is a long time away things have changed and share the happyness. The week's reward is however, slightly better. Knowing that you've accomplished five days of FULL ON Kung Fu training whether it be cross country mountain runs, carrying buckets of water up never ending flights of stairs, made it that extra inch in the splits, landed your first backflip, run holding bricks between your grasp, bruised your forearms blue on steel poles, suspended yourself from trees doing crunches, maintained the perfect stance whilst standing on tree stumps. Anything is possible in a week and each week is a new pleasure. To counteract the intense training regime you only have to look out over the picturesque-landscape of mountainous terrain and growing cornfields to know it's worth it. Life is surreal here. Waking up every morning and looking out just before sunrise when the clouds are getting their first touch of morning heat I can't help reminiscing and always find myself humming the opening score to the lion king. Being here is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Anett Veronica Eriksson

    Nationality: 
    American
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    December 12, 2011

    The main reason why you go to Siping shaolin martial arts academy is because of the training, but I have chosen to combine it with studying the chinese language. So far my experience of the training is good. Currently I'm training Baji quan with master Lee as a teacher. He is very experienced and patient and it's an pleasure for the eye to see him performing one of the many Beji forms that exists. Except from Baji you also have the ability to train Kungfu, Sanda, and taiji. The academy also has Qigong training in the early morning. The food is very tastful and I almost end up eating too much. If for some reason the food doesn't meet up to your expectations you always have the opportunity to tell your requiremnets tot the chef who will do the best to make you satified. The rooms have been renovated, so they are fresh and clean and the view is stuning. The translators are very helpful and do their best to help you if any issues should occur.

  • Jackson Patrick Wilson

    Nationality: 
    American
    Training Period at the Academy: 
    2 months

    My 2 month stay at the academy has been time that I have really enjoyed. The training and shifus are very good. I learned styles I have never heard of and found them very interesting. I spent most of my stay training baji, with sifu Li. He is an incredible teacher, an impressive martial artist, and an over all great person. The translators were all very helpful and made the language barrier a lot less of a problem.

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